I got this awesome guitar at a local used shop. I don’t know a whole lot about it, since the guy who owned it before me was the one who put it together. But here are a few things I do know:
- It has Seymour Duncan Antiquity 1 tele pickups
- The strat pickup is from a standard American strat
- The neck is from the late 90s
- The body is from the early 00s and has been repainted
The pickup selector is a three-way switch. The knob underneath the bridge serves as a blend knob for the strat pickup. This is awesome because I can blend in as little or as much of the strat pickup as I want with any pickup combination. It rules.
1978 Gibson Les Paul
I never thought I would own a Les Paul. Every time I played one they always felt too muddy and dark. I generally like brighter sounding guitars, and all my other guitar choices basically reflect that. But this one just felt great to me. It has a ton of body and weight to the tone, but there is still a great clarity and high end response. It feels warm and mellow without losing the ability to cut. I’m really glad I took the time to try this one out, it really compliments my other guitars well.
Gretsch Country Classic Jr
I spent a lot of time looking for this guitar. I really wanted something with Filtertron pickups, because I love that sound. But I’ve always felt like the standard Gretsch bodies are too big and feel awkward on me. This is one of the discontinued “junior” models from Gretsch. It feels really great and sounds great too.
1978 Fender Telecaster Deluxe
This is another guitar I spent a lot of time looking for. I’ve always wanted a tele deluxe, partly because I think they look awesome, and partly because I knew it would satisfy my search for a guitar with humbuckers. Most humbuckers feel really dark and muddy to me, but these are just bright enough to keep me happy. This guitar also has a big thick baseball bat neck… it feels great.
2003 Fender Texas Special Stratocaster
This guitar is very special to me. In 2004, for my high school graduation gift, my dad took me to the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. It was awesome. We were right in front of Eric Clapton, BB King, Eric Johnson, Robert Randolph, and a bunch of other guys. They also had a whole building full of guitar retailers. We found a guy selling this last batch of the Texas Special guitars, since they’d just been discontinued. It was a ridiculous price… and my dad bought it for me. As far as I’m concerned, this was my first REAL guitar. I’ll never get rid of it.
Eastwood Sidejack Baritone
I’ll be honest, the main reason that I bought this guitar is because I needed it for one guitar part on the Advent Tour with Future of Forestry. But I figured it was a good excuse to get something cool that I’d use later. It’s a really cool guitar. Eastwood seems to make really solid guitars at good prices. It’s built well, plays well, and sounds great.
I bought this amp new a few years ago. It’s really great… 40 watts with EL34s in the power section and 12ax7s in the preamp section. I like to run it basically at the edge of breakup, so it’s mostly clean until I dig in or boost it.
This is a 2005 Clubman. It’s 35 watts and has EL34s in the power section and an EF86 preamp tube. I love this amp because it’s super simple. Nothing I don’t need. One of the stock Celestion speakers in the cab was replaced with a Celestion Alnico Blue speaker before I bought it.
Dr. Z M12
This amp is awesome. It basically replaced my Fender Blues Junior for low-wattage/low-volume situations. It’s only 12 watts and has EL84 power tubes and an EF86 preamp tube. I love the simplicity of this guy with the three knobs. It sounds absolutely wonderful.
1965 Fender Twin Reverb
Now THIS amp actually used to belong to my guitar teacher. It’s the real deal… a 1965 Twin Reverb. But the cool part is that the original owner, a pedal steel player, swapped out the speakers for a single 15″ JBL speaker. So even though the amp isn’t “stock”, the speaker is likely even older than the amp!
Here’s a list of all the pedals in their signal chain order:
- this1smyne Mini Buffer
- Diamond Compressor
- Boss TU-3
- EHX Micro POG
- Xotic BB Preamp
- Walrus Audio Mayflower
- Fulltone Supa Trem
- Goodrich L-120 Volume
- MXR Carbon Copy
- EHX Deluxe Memory Man w/ Tap Tempo
- EHX Superego
- Xotic EP Booster
- Strymon El Capistan (w/ this1smyne expression knob)
- Strymon Timeline
- Neunaber Stereo Wet Reverb
- Strymon blueSky
- Boomerang III Looper with Sidecar controller
It should be noted that my signal is split to stereo at the El Capistan delay pedal. It’s stereo from there to the end.
The main pedalboard is a Pedaltrain PT-3 with the hard case. Underneath it are two Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+ units that power everything. The patch cables are a mix of a few Lava Cable kits and George L cable kits.
The secondary pedalboard that holds the Boomerang and Sidecar is a Pedaltrain Mini with soft case. It fits just right, doesn’t it?
And to answer a very frequently asked question… no, I do not ever use the effects loops on my amps. All my pedals go right to the front of the amp!
- Line 6 Echo Park
- Paul C Timmy
- ZVEX Super Hard on clone
- Ibanez TS9
- Blackout Effectors Blunderbuss Musket
- Boss DD-5
- Walrus Audio Voyager
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